Mayor launches new community newsletter

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

A GLOSSY newsletter aimed at residents of Ballinacurra Weston has been officially launched.

A GLOSSY newsletter aimed at residents of Ballinacurra Weston has been officially launched.

More than 30 people from the community were at the southside headquarters of the Limerick Community Development Project in Clarina Court, Ballinacurra Weston for the launch of the summer edition of the Our Lady of Lourdes Community Newsletter.

Mayor Jim Long was on hand to officially launch the newsletter, while representatives of the gardai, the regeneration agency and sports clubs also turned up to show their support.

The newsletter includes information for residents on community cafes, services for the elderly creches, as well as an article on tackling crime on the southside.

Mayor Long - who hails from the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish - is also profiled in the colourful brochure, which was put together by Killian McCarthy from Ballinacurra Gardens.

Killian was a part of the student summer placement programme, which was funded by the regeneration agency.

He will now embark on a masters programme in journalism at Dublin City University.

Launching the newsletter, which will be distributed across the southside, he said: “The common thread running between the newsletter and the other media is that both emphasise the positives in the community, while informing people of the services available on their doorstep. This area has seen its share of struggles in recent years, and many people, local and not so local, are only too willing to accentuate the negatives while shying away from the genuine successes that exist, and not engaging with the efforts made to make meaningful progress.”

Community development worker Ann Bourke, also pointed those in attendance to the weekly community notes forum in the Limerick Leader city edition, which gives the most up to date news from the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.

“We were one of the few communities in the city which wasn’t contributing so now local people, many of whom who would have bought the weekend edition of the Leader anyway, can be kept abreast of what’s going on with even greater ease,” she said.

Addressing the audience, the Mayor said he was honoured to be among those from his own parish.

“Words cannot describe the pride I have for being a member of this parish. I don’t see colour or creed, I don’t see anything negative here. I see people involved with these communities for a huge number of years. I could single them out, but it would be unfair. You have the leaders, you have the community, and you have the commitment, and I think Ballinacurra Weston has turned a tide,” he said.

Mayor Long said more has to be done for the youth of the area, but stressed how important it is that residents keep faith with the multi-million euro regeneration process.

Referring to the buildings in Clarina Court, he said: “I am so pleased these buildings survived the demolition of regeneration. I think a big player in the progress of this area are the regeneration. We have a lot of negative thing coming out. A lot of criticisms coming out, but these are the people instructed with regenerating Ballinacurra Weston. They have the money, they have the power with government. They need the commitment and support of the community.”

The newsletter is free, and can be picked up across Our Lady of Lourdes.

Stockists include the community centre, the community development project, the credit unions and the headquarters of Young Munster RFC.

For more information on the work done in Our Lady of Lourdes, visit their new web site at: http://ololcommunitydevelopment.wordpress.com